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of america and i'm concerned about them. >> private. >> and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> public. >> and my dad had to get help, financial help. the government helped his family to be able to get on their feet again. by the way, that's the way america works. we have big hearts. >> private. >> who believe that they're victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. >> yeah, we're a big confused, too. >> i'm not familiar precisely with exactly what i said but i stand by what i said whatever it was. and we begin with an intense afternoon of activity on the campaign trail. a mesmerizing concoction of sights and sounds. right now you're looking live as
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mitt romney prepares to speak in person with actual voters in sarasota, florida. yes, you're seeing it all without the aid of a hidden camera. the romney campaign is kicking off a new era of openness, six years after he first decided to run for president and with only 47 days until the election, i guess it's better late than never, the candidate has officially dropped his disdain and contempt for half the country and today he's rebranding himself as a warrior for the 100%. and if mr. romney's campaign occasionally reminds you of a circus act, well, it's worth noting he's appearing at a museum that was named after and built by one of the original ringling brothers. but do you think the president is buying this new message? well, here he is a moment ago when he was asked at the univision forum about his thoughts on mitt romney 2.0. >> well, here is what i would
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say. first of all, i've been president now for almost four years, but the day i was elected, that night in grant park where i spoke to the country, i said 47% of the people didn't vote for me, but i have heard your voices, and i'm going to work just as hard for you as i did for those who did vote for me. that's how you have to operate as a president. i truly believe that. >> so there you have it. two dueling messages of unity fighting it out for the voters' approval. of course, there is still 47 days until they go -- the nation goes to the polls. that leaves plenty of time for mr. romney to change his message once again. but you know what they say about that? the more mr. romney changes, the more he stays the same. joining us now is msnbc contributor and columnist for the bloomberg view, jonathan alter, msnbc political analyst michael eric dyson of georgetown university, and matt miller, msnbc contributor and the
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columnist for "the washington post." matt, the big reboot by the romney campaign is that the president believes in redistribution, and would you believe it, they've got him on tape saying this very thing 14 years ago. let's take a listen. >> i think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and, hence, facilitate summary distribution because i actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody has got a shot. how do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at a local level and can be tailored to particular communities. >> okay. matt, tell me, what's the big crime here? >> there is no big crime, martin. >> there's no big crime? but the whole republican campaign has been built on this for the last 24 hours.
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>> it's total crap, to use the technical term. mitt romney believes in redistribution. his health care plan in massachusetts was redistribution. social security, medicare, both programs that mitt romney says he supports involve redistribution. we redistribute all the time in america from the young workers to senior citizens, many of whom are more affluent than average families on these retire programs. rich states subsidize poor states. redistribution is as american as apple pie, and the idea they're trying to make obama out to be some kind of communist because of this is another pathetic last grasp of a campaign in trouble. >> john, this clip of the president is actually 96 seconds long in totality. he was speaking to a college of university students, i guess. how does that compare with 47 minutes of mr. romney speaking to his base at that fund-raising dinner? does one can sem out the other?
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>> i don't think it does. first of all, this was many years ago, but also it's been tried before, martin, in 2008 john mccain's whole campaign in the fall was about joe the plumber. it didn't work. so that's what indicates that there's some desperation here on mitt romney's part that they're going to this well again. it will muddy the waters. it's not clear that what i call 47-gate, the videotape, is necessarily going to be a game-changer that sews up the election for obama. that's not at all clear. it's possible that people do resent what romney basically calls moochers enough that they can squeeze some votes out of this -- >> takers. >> -- and the whole thing is a wash at the end of the day. >> professor dyson, i want to play a bit more of the president this afternoon on the topic of mr. romney's 47%. take a listen. >> when you express an attitude
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that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot because i travel around the country all the time, and the american people are the hardest working people there are. >> professor, do you think we ought to be a little more sympathetic to mitt romney? maybe he has such a low opinion of the population because, frankly, he doesn't know the population. >> well, poor mitt romney. here is a guy who is just a lonely millionaire isolated in his own island of thinking. his imagination has obstructed the view that he has, and the real people keep getting in the way. this is an existentialist anxiety going on saying hell is other people, hell is poor people, hell is people who are not rich and mitt romney has no conception of who real people are. our colleague ezra klein has written a powerful blog where he
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says that instead of thinking that the poor don't take responsibility, they take more than their share of responsibility. they're spending most of their brain power trying to figure out how to survive. they're not trying to be dependent. they're trying to figure out ways to be independent while those who are taking corporate welfare like mitt romney and his ilk continue to obfuscate the fact they are the moochers. the 47% are not the moochers. it's those who have had wealth redistributed to them, and, of course, we believe in redistribution in america except we believe in redistributing the goods and services and the wealth of those who are the masses to those who are the very few and the elite. so mitt romney here is only extending the logic of a kind of class of people who are not used to being empathetic or open to the masses of americans in this country and i think the film showed that. >> professor dyson, we're actually watching a puppet. i thought it was actually mitt
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romney because it's a shot from behind but it appears to be some kind of pugilistic puppet on the side of the stage. i apologize to my viewers for making the mistake that that was, in fact, mr. romney. tim pawlenty, a man equally not really endowed with much charisma, has decided to step down from the romney campaign completely. he's taking a job as a lobbyist for the financial industry. what does that tell you? >> well, i mean, i'm not sure i read too much into it. tim pawlenty is not independently wealthy, unlike mitt romney, so he's just cashing in. >> but if mr. pawlenty had confidence in mr. romney's potential to win the election, yed he'd be hanging around, wouldn't he? >> maybe in hopes of getting a cabinet post. >> exactly. >> even though he endorsed romney, he did run against him. i'd be careful saying this is all a problem at the staff level or that these problems inside the romney campaign are somehow going to cripple his candidacy.
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there is a pretty long time to go, and at this point in the campaign something that's a week old might as well be, you know, ten months old because, remember -- >> or in the case of romney's campaign, 14 years old in the form of the tape. >> but just in terms of sort of a time exposure thought experiment here, tit's only a week since romney made this i thought horrendous gaffe when before the next of kin had even been notified about the killing of the ambassador and his colleagues, he was out there politicizing it, and yet nobody is talking about it anymore. that was just a week ago. all i'm trying to do here is say to people, be cautious about thinking that this, to my mind, reprehensible videotape is somehow -- has somehow sunk mitt romney. that's not the case. >> okay, but, matt, to your point, i have and i have read your brilliant column where you explain that actually distribution is the function of a civilized society basically,
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he also appears to believe or treat the american workforce with such contempt. he doesn't seem to understand that the working poor get that tax credit to incentivize employment. he doesn't seem to know that 36% of americans in this country don't use all their vacation days. this is not a nation of moochers. i have lived elsewhere. in south africa, in great britain, in europe. i know what moochers are like. this is not a moochers' country. >> i think that's a great slogan, martin. this is like lloyd benson against dan quayle. so i think that's perfect. of course, jonathan is right. there's still a long way to go, but it's hard in these days not to think about if you could sit down every undecided voter and show them romney's 47% video and bill clinton's convention speech, that the election would be over. that's all you need. look, romney obviously has a
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kind of contempt for the working man, and it shows up not just in the words he uttered but in the policies that he's proposed which do so much to benefit the upper class, not at all like he was when he was governing as a moderate in massachusetts and i think in some ways he sold his soul to get the republican nomination, and that deal with the devil has left us totally unaware or he's become the hollow man. >> indeed. professor dyson, i was reflecting on charles dickens last night and "a christmas carol" where he shhas skrage sc saying this, if they want to die, they better do this and decrease the surplus population. it seems that might be the kind of thing we would have heard at the donors dinner. >> yeah. this is a nightmare of a scenario for mr. romney because
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the real feelings he has, what he nurtures in his breast, what a man thinks or a woman away from the cameras where the truth is allowed to unfurl in ways that are not prohibited by political correctness, this guy opened his mouth to tell the truth about what he feels about the so-called unwashed masses or what sociologists talk about the deserving poor. he thinks these people are deserving of whatever they get, and guess what? it's not just the poor urchins who are urban dwellers, 47% captures a whole range of people. what's interesting and what will be provocative here is to see to what degree the 47% -- >> professor dyson, i have to intervene because unlike his performance over the issue of libya where he offered us a premature interjection, he's actually somewhat late, but he is arriving in front of the crowd in sarasota, florida, and here he is on the stage.
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we will have more for our viewers later, but, gentlemen, jonathan, michael eric dyson, and matt miller, thank you all. >> thank you. next, the polls don't lie. we could be at a turning point in the race for 2012. stay with us. >> it's time to admit the romney campaign is an incompetent one. wrong, peggy! that time was six months ago. you can't argue with nutrition you can see. great grains. great grains cereal starts whole and stays whole. see the seam? more processed flakes look nothing like natural grains. i'm eating what i know is better nutrition. mmmm. great grains. search great grains and see for yourself.
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you're looking at live pictures of mitt romney speaking to actual voters at a rally in the sunshine state. this time in sarasota in full
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public view, not inside a mansion in boca raton. his return to the masses coincides with several bad poll numbers. how bad? well, this may be the first presidential ticket to lose not one, not two, but at least three of the candidate's home state. wisconsin joins massachusetts and michigan in giving the ticket a big thumbs down. despite the presence of badger state voodoo economist paul ryan, this now mirrors several swing state and national polls showing the president with a commanding lead, and it could be the reason for why romney's campaign has decided to plan more battleground events with an adviser telling the associated press that, quote, some days call for three public events a day, a significant incries over ronl romney's past schedule. joining us in washington, jimy williams, and in philadelphia, dr. james peterson an associate
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professor at lehigh university and a contributor to the grio. jimmy, there are very few presidential tickets capable of losing two, let alone three or more home states. is this where things are beginning to land for mr. romney? >> well, you know, i said the other day if governor romney had run back in -- when he was running for governor of massachusetts and had said then what he said back in may of this year, would he have been elected as ceo of the commonwealth of massachusetts? i think the answer was resoundingly no. so i don't suspect that governor romney is going to win massachusetts. i don't suspect he's going to win wisconsin. and i definitely don't think he's going to win michigan, especially after his op-ed on the auto bailout. the poll numbers are trending, and they're trending over the last two weeks the right way for the obama campaign and the wrong way for the romney campaign. interestingly, you've got a clip up now of governor romney in florida. i wonder how many people behind him are of that 47%. i wonder how many don't actually
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pay taxes and they're actually listening to the man they're going to vote for. that scares the hell out of me about this country. >> dr. peterson, here is one key to romney's problems. reuters found that two-thirds of people who saw the romney fund-raiser tape identified with the people he was talking about, not the people at the dinner. so how do you overcome that level of alienation? >> well, you can't overcome that level of alienation -- >> he tried last night. he said he's for the 100% now. he was originally in the 1%, then he said he derided the 47%, now he's for the 100%. he's got there in the end. >> he got there finally in the end but there have been so many gaffes and lies and miscues and missteps in this campaign, even the people who reluctantly wanted to support this guy in the beginning are finding it hard to do so at this particular time. jimmy is right, polls are more
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about trends and things are trending the way of obama administration, but romney and his campaign have been assisting them in their win and in their distancing themselves from him just by all the different mistakes. now, the reason why two-thirds of folk can identify with the 47%, because the 47% is not a fixed number. people move in and out of public assistance. you go to public assistance when you really, really need it and that makes the group even larger than the 47%. >> mr. romney was just being heckled. >> see, jimmy, there is hope for america. >> but speaking of that tape, jimmy, that tape came out in may. when you listen, you can hear mitt's donors, even his donors in their questions, they sound nervous about his chances. they sound anxious about whether he's really got this. >> it's a job interview. mitt romney is on the path for a job interview and he's interviewing for the ceo
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position of the united states, and i don't think that they actually wanted to interview him. i don't think the republican party wanted to bring him in for a live interview. they saw his resume. it's a fantastic resume when you look at it on paper, but then you look at his record now and his positions now versus his record then, they don't trust him as dr. peterson just said. that's the problem. they don't actually think he's a conservative, and if you don't believe me, look at his record as governor. they know that. republicans aren't stupid. at least most of them aren't. i would say the same amount of dumb democrats, if you will, so they balance each other out. but my point is he's interviewing for a job and they don't like the candidate for the job and guess what? he may not actually win. >> martin, i'm glad you pointed this out. one, that sort of gives you the reason why he's creating this insane rationale about the 47%. he's trying to prove how he's going to be able to secure the office but it also underscores the fact that this is a transactional relationship. this is a quid pro quo relationship where if we support you and you get elected, you've
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got to give us more tax cuts. >> it's astonishing, dr. peterson, because i always thought elections were decided by the vision of the candidate. mitt romney seems to understand them as being a transactional relationship. if you can get a tax cut, you'll vote for the president or you will vote for me but these the pure basis of it. >> one of the sad by-products of the citizens united supreme court decision is that the flooding of money into the political process now creates an environment where politicians like mitt romney can be defined by the donors who want to put him in office. it is sad and scary because at the end of the day we can't conduct american politics this way going forward. we have to repeal citizens united. >> absolutely. as after, thank you, gentlemen. next, you want to see what redistribution really looks like? we're going to show you in a moment. >> i wasn't criticizing them. he was saying the american dream should be open to everybody. >> you're looking and hearing the cynical condescending words
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redistribution, all right? >> yeah, boo, no one likes that. no one likes the idea of sanctimonious central planners taking money from the rich and giving it to the poor and middle class. but strangely enough, it's not a million miles away from what mr. romney's actually proposing. just take a look at his tax plan. according to the tax policy center, what mr. romney is proposing would actually leave the poor and middle class with much less and the very wealthy with much more. now, i'm no economist but i have read the report from the congressional budget office which says that income going to the top 1% rose 275% over the last 30 years, wile for the rest of america incomes either stagnated or fell. that sounds a lot like redistribution to me, just not the kind they like to talk about and apparently they don't like you to see either.
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but, unfortunately for them, we got the perfect view this week. >> it's important to look at your food as you're eating it. don't put a fork in your finger here. >> that's what redistribution really looks like. take another look. >> so there are some benefits. one of the benefits i get is eating the world's best dessert, which i will. thank you. >> no, mr. romney, thank you, thank you for giving all of america an opportunity to see how redistribution works for you. and so we raise a glass to you, mr. romney, and the plut toe kratic class of 2012. bravo. woman 1: this isn't just another election. we're voting for... the future of our medicare and social security. man 1: i want facts. straight talk. tell me your plan... and what it means for me.
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fear, mitt romney is now the 100% man. here are today's "top lines." the dirty word is -- >> the last 48 hours. >> have been not good for governor romney. >> 47% of americans pay no income tax. my job is not to worry about those -- this is a campaign about the 100%. the 100% of americans. my capacity to help the 100%. i'll never convince them they should take personal responsibility. >> entitled to food, medicine, roofs! that's the republican candidate for the presidency categorizing them as a bunch of freeloaders. >> it's unfortunate when something gets misinterpreted. >> the distraction of distortion so you will vote for the lesser. >> it touched off a firestorm at romney campaign headquarters. >> you could have rubbed shoulders with the president and
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a rapper who has admitted to selling crack and shooting his own brother. >> the president got a private sit down with a pirate yesterday in the oval office. >> squirrel, squirrel, squirrel. >> this morning we have a special guest with us, cookie monster is here. . >> on the internet he said he believes in redistribution. >> how do we structure government systems that pool resources and, hence, facilitate summary distribution because i believe in redistribution. >> that was recorded in 1998. >> my god! that's more than 14 mays ago. >> a tipping point in our society. more takers than makers. turning our safety neck into a hammock. >> he drobed the "r" bock, redistribution, which is fancy talk for a black guy is coming for your stuff. >> if they have success they built it. if they failed, the government ruined it for them. if they get a break, they deserve it. if you get a break, it's a handout and an entitlement.
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>> let's get right to our panel now. krystal ball is my colleague and one of the hosts of "the cycle." lilja na liliana is a diversity strategist. so much has been made of mr. romney's fund-raiser and the secret filming. one of the things we noticed was the things he didn't talk about. he didn't mention any socialist issues, he zbdidn't mention abortion, didn't mention gay marriage. why was that? does that mean that actually when they do that in public, it's a con on the audience, that they don't really care about those issues themselves. >> it speaks to this strange coalition that the republicans have right now. on the one hand the folks that were in that room, the monied elite who are concerned, first and foremost, about keeping their taxes low. and then you have the folks who are concerned in the heart of the country about the social
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issues. so you will see candidates like mitt romney talking one way when they're with one group and professing that that is their commitment, number one priority and talking a very different way when they're in the heart of the country. i also think it underscores how strange that alliance is when you have one group that's fundamentally saying get the government out of the way, i don't want the government to do anything, and you have another group saying i want the government very much involved in the most personal decisions. >> the other group wants a transvageal probe. >> exactly. >> in that talk a person shouts rubio when the talk turns to hispanic votes. is that the best they can do? just shouting the name rubio. >> luckily they have at least one name to shout out -- >> that's true. >> -- that's becoming a symbol and somebody that gets referred to. but what i found even funnier with that tape was when romney was saying he would be better off if he was latino reminding
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us of the fact that his dad was born in mexico. but once again it was funny, maybe a bad joke. i'm not offended as latino voter but what offends me is knowing he said this in may. he knows we're an important base, yet you are seeing very little efforts of outreach, having the numbers right in front of you when president obama -- >> what do you mean? he was speaking in florida today. there were a few people from hi span -- with hispanic origins there. he's trying his best. >> here is the problem. we are at the 11th hour. unfortunately, that tape now makes anything that he's trying to say to talk about the 100% or talk about the latinos as something to amend the issue that came up loud and clear from that private tape. as genuine as it may be, or not, it's coming out at the wrong time and it doesn't feel genuine. >> and i think there's a big difference between, you know, making sure you have a marco rubio and saw susana martinez o
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stage and laying down a policy that makes sense in a genuine way where people can see you're not just saying, yes, i will be good for them. >> that's ridiculous. why are you asking him for detailed policy. you're so stupid. stop that. here is the president who addressed mr. romney's 47% comment earlier today in a forum. listen to this. >> are there people who abuse the system? yes, both at the bottom and at the top because there are a whole bunch of millionaires who aren't paying taxes at all either. >> isn't that right, krystal, in terms of analyzing how people treat the system. there are some who abuse it at the top and the bottom, but it's not 47%. >> that's exactly right, and, in fact, if you look at that chart of who the 47% are and you're looking for the moochers, i would say the millionaires who are paying no taxes would be at the top of the list. you even have mitt romney
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saying, you know, i pay what i owe in taxes, not a penny more, which is probably true to the letter of the law, but he also spends a lot of money making sure he can take advantage of those loopholes and avoid every penny of taxes he can. >> we don't know what he pays in taxes. we won't release the details. the fact. matter is for the people earning 20000 or less they to pay more than romney. >> there's no recognition that a lot of republican policies like the earned income tax credit are what has resulted in a larger percentage of the population not paying taxes. so, i mean, just all the way around, it shows a fundamental lack of understanding of american people. >> last night, liliana, he does this forum on univision, we're seeing images of it, and he's asked four or five times how are you going to address immigration. he says he's going to offer a comprehensive reform. >> correct. >> what is it? silence. no details. he's asked if he would support what the president has done in
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this order which allows for children of illegal immigrants who were brought here without any knowledge of their own, any power over their parents, to be allowed to stay and not be deported, he says nothing. is that good enough? >> certainly not, and what a great opportunity in front of millions of spanish-speaking households who are wondering and hoping there's going to be an answer because i'll tell you, and i hear it from the base and a lot of people out and about where some of the hispanic voters are disillusioned with the fact there was no action of a comprehensive immigration reform with president obama's first term. there is that on this side. but now you have the gop party not giving you an answer either. what a great opportunity for you to give a clear solution. he alludes to a solution from rubio that we have yet to see. he alludes to the fact he doesn't say yes or no i'll deport them but it sounds like going back to pointing fingers and saying we don't have a long-term solution -- >> he actually says he would veto the dream act. he doesn't support the dream
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act. >> exactly, but yesterday, and he was smart enough to know he was in front of a univision audience and he wasn't going to say that again, but we don't forget, self deportation, vetoing the dream act and not having a clear solution is not the right answer. what a great opportunity that was missed. >> what will be interesting is if the president does win a second term, they've telegraphed one of the things we will take up is comprehensive immigration reform. this is the last election cycle when republicans can even credibly run without winning a significant chunk of the latino vote. >> you mean because of the demographic change. >> exactly. it will be interesting to see if the president wins and they take up comprehensive immigration reform if the republicans really continue down this hardline, anything that can be characterized as amnesty is totally off the table or if they have to end up coming to the center out of survival for their party. >> indeed. thank you both. >> thank you. >> next, we cry foul on this phony redistribution talk. stay with us.
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democrat from vermont and the chief deputy whip. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. >> congressman, mitt romney and paul ryan say this president is divisive, but what is this welfare vote apart from yet another attempt to isolate and divide the working poor from those lords of the universe who are captured on tape in florida with mr. romney? >> well, it's part of the big lie approach on the campaign. this waiver was requested by republican governors. bill clinton really answered this, and it was about giving more flexibility to allow more people to work and get their way off welfare. this was tightening, not loosening the work requirement in welfare, and the ryan campaign, the romney campaign is basically making a bogus claim and trying to run on the big lie. >> indeed. now, paul ryan and house speaker john boehner repeatedly claim the mantle of courage when it comes to facing the tough
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issues. take a listen, sir. >> we are not going to duck these tough issues. >> others want to kick the can down a road. >> we will not duck the tough issues. we will lead. >> my colleagues behind me know how serious i feel about stopping this business of kicking the can down the road. >> okay. so today when speaker boehner was asked about a bill to help america's struggling farmers, we just knew that he would not, he would never kick the can down the road. take a listen. >> we will deal with the farm bill after the election. when we get back, we will deal with the issue of the farm bill. >> mr. welsh, can you think of anyone who is calling for this pretense and since mr. boehner has seven weeks off, shouldn't he audition for a broadway farce? >> he should, and he's doing a gro good job. i don't think he'll have to audition, they will just sign him up. there's two things, this is a failure. this is the'i first time in the
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history of the house of representatives where the leadership has refused to bring it up for a vote. first time in history. second, what's going on here is that after the fog of political combat for 3 1/2 years where mitch mcconnell summarized the republican strategy which was to fight for failure, to make his first agenda to make obama a one-term president. we're starting to assign responsibility and the republicans are beginning to pay the price. they have done nothing. >> indeed. now, house democrats today sent a letter to speaker boehner begging him, begging him not to adjourn for seven weeks since there's so much that could be done. but i have to assume that in his mind, obstructionism works just as well from his home state as it does from capitol hill, so he's not going to do anything about that, is he? >> that's exactly right.
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he's giving us the choice to stay here and get nothing done, that's the choice he's denying us now. we're to go home and get nothing done. as i say, the bottom line is they have fought for failure. the american people were fed up with all of us and rightly so because from their perspective they want us to do our job and when we don't even vote on a farm bill, you can't defend not even bothering to vote, the strategy that they have used successful to now, the american people have caught up with them and they're assigning responsibility for that gridlock government, where it belongs, and that's with the republican leadership. >> speaker boehner is really quite the record breaker. he's helped us downgrade the u.s. economy and now he's done what he's done in failing to vote the farm bill. >> well, that's right. the do-nothing congress that truman ran against they passed close to 800 bills. the do-nothing congress that boehner has presided over, it's like 150, 160 bills and a lot of
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after his town hall meeting in miami, the president heads north to tampa for a fund-raiser with just 47 days left until the election and with no shortage of discussion of mitt romney's 47% comments. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live from the white house. mike, the president today appeared more willing to go right at mr. romney's secret video remarks. take a listen, mike. >> reporter: okay. >> when you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven't gotten around a lot because i travel around the country all the time, and the
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american people are the hardest working people there are. >> mike, we heard jay carney, the white house press spokesman, earlier this week actually making specific reference to mitt romney's captured comments on the tape, and now the president is really sharpening the attack, isn't he? >> reporter: well, you know, this is so easy for the president, martin, in a sense. it's just a big fat softball right over the plate. the president doesn't have to go drael after mitt romney. there were a couple beats if between the big uproar when that tape first surfaced published by mother jones and then when the president in an interview got in a little stick on mitt romney, says he shoots before he aims, and then again today getting in that subtle dig, really emphasizing what they call the likability gap. who would you rather go to dinner with, a beer with, maybe a white house brew, and by a wide margin it's the president of the united states whom voters would rather spend some time with. that's something the white house sees as an opening. that interview there, the spanish language interview, the
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president down there trying to widen his lead in the state of florida and nationwide among that key voting bloc. there were not all softballs. there were some zingers, some chin music, some fast balls on immigration. the host kept going after the president accusing him of breaking his promise on immigration reform. the president defended himself. but on this question of 47%, the president seizing that opportunity to once again hammer away at mitt romney. >> mike, i need to tell you in a straw poll of our office, of those who would like to have dinner or lunch with either the president or mr. romney, you came out on top. nbc's mike viqueira, thank you very much indeed. we'll be right back. haters best get to bloggin' ♪ in it ♪ so hot right now d esigthneatr ♪ our ♪ sunglasses be foggin'
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air." as we learn more about the true feelings of mitt romney and what he thinks of the national, or at least the half of it he wants to lead, we now know that everything he says in public needs to be carefully compared to what he says in private. take, for example, last week when he attacked democrats for failing to include the name of god in their original platform. the platform was actually amended but this didn't stop mr. romney from offering a withering condemnation. >> i will not take god out of the name of our platform. i will not take god off our coins, and i will not take god out of my heart. we're a nation bestowed by god. >> so committed, dedicated to his faith in god, and persuasive to many like-minded voters. but that's in public. here is what he really thinks. >> there are 47% with him who depend on government who believe they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them
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works believe that they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing to you name it. so my job is not to worry about those people. >> my job is not to worry about those people. oh, really? setting aside the fact that mr. romney is a mormon, is that really the position of traditional christianity, that our job is not to worry about those people? here is what scripture says about how we should regard those in need, those who may need a helping hand, from just a single chapter in the bible. it is a sin to despise one's neighbor, but blessed is he who is kind to the needy. and later in the same chapter. whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors god. like a modern day pharisee, mitt romney makes a hugect